1.1 Current evidence on the efficacy and safety of insertion of prostatic urethral lift implants to treat lower urinary tract symptoms secondary to benign prostatic hyperplasia is adequate to support the use of this procedure provided that normal arrangements are in place for clinical governance, consent and audit.
1.2 During the consent process clinicians should, in particular, advise patients about the range of possible treatment options and the possible need for further procedures if symptoms recur.
1.3 The procedure should only be carried out by clinicians with specific training in the insertion of prostatic urethral lift implants.
1.4 NICE encourages further research and publication of results from consecutive case series of patients having this procedure. Details of patient selection should be clearly documented. Reported outcomes should include the effects of the procedure on symptoms and quality of life, the duration of benefits, and the need for further procedures. All complications should be reported. NICE may review this procedure in the light of longer-term outcomes.